Phew! What a week it's been! This was our first official week of school and it was my husband's first week at his new job. We all had to adapt to new schedules, which can be stressful enough on a family. Unfortunately, with all the excitement of new "adventures", we also had a very sad week. I spent a couple of days going back and forth to the vet. We had to say goodbye to Oliver.
Our sweet little Oliver had to be put down on Wednesday. He was just a little over 5 months old. He had developed a fatal condition called FIP and was going downhill very fast. Poor baby had lost almost a pound in less than a month and was so lethargic and wanting to keep to himself. Not at all like the boisterous kitty we had in June and July.
This little kitty was long hoped for and much loved by our family, especially the kiddos. It was heartbreaking to have to let go so soon. After all, we had only had him a little over 3 months. To say many tears have been shed is an understatement. I know it will get easier with time and that's what I keep telling my kids, but my heart aches for them. Saying goodbye to a loved one (even a 4-legged one) is not easy.
Even our dog, Scamp, is mourning sweet Oliver. He has been missing his buddy for the last month, as Oliver never really recovered to his playful self from last month's rubber band fiasco. Scamp keeps looking at all of Oliver's lounging spots expecting to see him. Sorry, Scampi, Oliver's not here anymore.
Robert Sowthey said, "A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in a garden." That was Oliver. He was a rosebud that never got to fully bloom.
Almost as soon as we found out we needed to put Oliver down my daughter was asking when we would get another cat. My son would like another one too, but is apprehensive as he knows we had a really good cat and might not be as lucky next time. Now, the question becomes when we do get another cat, will we go with another kitten or perhaps one a little older. The acclimation period with Scamp and Oliver was about a month. I'm just wondering if it would be longer with an older cat. Any families out there with both dogs and cats that have experience with this? What are your thoughts on when to bring another feline into the house? I know we need a little time to heal yet.
So, that's what has been occupying us this week. Please tell me your week has been better. I'd love to hear some good news. And if you had a hard week, I'd love to know how I could pray for you.